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Unexpected ways you’ll be evaluated by recruiters.

Spark-Hire-Reasons-To-Find-A-New-Recruiter-870x400We all know the typical things recruiters look for in any job candidate. But there are also some unexpected ways they go about assessing your skills. Here are a few specific tricks hiring managers, potential bosses and recruiters use to determine what’ll happen once you’re out of the interview and on the job.

Big data. Today, recruiters can use tools that aggregate a candidate’s online presence, scouring profiles, forums, shared projects, and posts to form a more comprehensive picture of your skills, interests, and behaviors. What they say is true: be aware that the things you do online in “public” places should always be things you wouldn’t mind a potential employer seeing.

Receptionists. Yes, hiring managers often refer to office receptionists to get a little more information about how you behave when in front of people you don’t necessarily expect to be evaluating you. Some companies even go so far as to have receptionists fill out their own evaluations of candidates during their brief time in the lobby. So even though it seems obvious, always be courteous and put your best face forward for everyone.

Checks for consistency. Recruiters often check to see if claims on your resume and other professional materials match up with your actions online. If you claim you’re one thing, but the organizations you belong to and job boards you frequent say another, they’ll question your legitimacy.

Surprise tactics. Potential employers sometimes like to get you out of your comfort zone, to see how you’ll react when you’re caught off guard. They may call you after hours, or interrupt you in the middle of an interview panel or test, to see how you handle it. Whatever your potential employer throws your way, it’s okay to be genuinely surprised – just go with the flow, and above all – always be polite.

References you didn’t provide. If a potential boss or hiring manager knows someone you worked with or for, they’ll often reach out, whether you included this person on your list of references or not. That’s just the reality of the small world we live in – word of mouth is your best form of advertising. So even though we all have people we didn’t exactly jive with, do your best to never burn bridges.

Are we missing anything? What are some other screening tactics job candidates should be aware of during their search? We’d love to hear your experience in the comments section below.


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What You Post Today, Will Affect You Tomorrow: A Social Media Lesson from Yelp you have been keeping up with the latest Technology news, you have probably heard about the dissatisfied Yelp girl. If you haven’t, the Yelp employee (Talia Jane, 25) was a Customer-Support Representative based out of Silicon Valley. She wrote a very detailed, emotional blog called “An Open Letter To My CEO” – which went into depth about the San Francisco housing crisis, her emotional stress, poor wages paid by her employer, and a little bit about her career aspirations.

“So here I am, 25 years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week.”- Talia Jane

After the blog was posted, Talia Jane was let go from her position at Yelp almost immediately. There has been a lot of discussion on social media the matter. Most of the talk is being based around tech wages, Millennials, and whether or not the girl should have been let go at all. All of these discussions are valid, but there is one discussion in particular that should be duly noted. It is VITAL to always stay professional on social media, even if you believe you have a valid point to make regarding your employment.

This situation is a prime example of letting your emotions take hold of your career. Talia went from having a job that paid the bills (kinda), to not having a job at all. In her case, she is getting a lot of attention but that isn’t the case for everyone who declares war on a company through social media. In fact, if you break any HR policies by talking negatively about your company or providing “insider information”, you can even get sued.

Misusing social media will not only affect your career today but tomorrow as well. If you speak negatively online about people or companies, remember that other will see this. Future employers will be unimpressed, recruiters will see it as unprofessional, and you could damage a potential job interview before you even have a chance to speak with the company.

If you are feeling frustrated with your work, take a step back and look at the big picture. Whatever your problems is – you don’t like your job, your boss is rude, you don’t like the person who sits near you, etc. is it really going to help if you post about it online? Even if your account settings are on lock-down and are private, nothing is private online. Someone, somewhere, could find it . . . leaving you one screenshot away from dipping into your savings.

Whatever your problem is at work: think through it; or talk it over with someone who is separated from the situation, and think about your career logically. Acting in the moment doesn’t always help (though sometimes we admit it does feel good). Even if you can’t fix your problem and want to leave, put in your two weeks’ notice the appropriate way. This way, you can use your current company as a reference.

Everyone has positive and negative situations they have to handle at work. What are a few professional tips you have to relieve stress? Tell us about them by commenting below.



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How to Generate More Women in STEM’s no secret, there are not enough women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries. The U.S. Department of Commerce showed women – compared to men – only make up of 24% of STEM jobs. Why is this? Why are there so few women?

A research report by AAUW showed that women face environmental and social barriers that prevent progress. These barriers include everything from stereotyping to gender biases. How can these biases be defeated to create a level playing field for Women in STEM? By generating more interest in the next generation of women.

Most STEM positions require a degree, which is why it is so important to start educating younger generations now. One specific group dedicated to doing just that is women from Empire Company Limited, which recently partnered with a local non-profit organization named Sacred SISTAHS to run workshops for over 150 African American girls ages 13-18. These girls are being educated and given opportunities to speak with influential women in these four industries. For some of the girls, it’s their first experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and it’s sparking an interest!

Another way influential leaders are helping to develop diversity is by mentoring women at an early age. They are fighting the stereotypes that girls in STEM are “nerdy”, and are providing contacts and networks for these young women’s futures.

In addition, the White House Council on Women and Girls is collaborating with The Office of Science and Technology to increase women and girls participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math industries.

One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”

— President Barack Obama, February 2013

With the STEM industries projected growth from 2008-2018 to be 17%, how could women not want to focus on receiving degrees to better their current job, or find a future one? Rightfully so, STEM workers receive 33% higher wages compared to non-STEM positions.

Are you interested in applying for open STEM positions now? Check out TRC Professional Solutions job board for current available positions.

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The Federal Government Helps STEM Students Find A College

For people considering a degree and career in computer science, engineering, finance, accounting, information technology, or other technical discipline – there’s a site they may want to check out. It’s called College Scorecard. 

The federal government’s recently redesigned website provides data from over 7,000 colleges and universities. That data includes tuition, graduation rates, SAT scores, average salaries post-graduation, and other information people can use to decide if the school is right for them. The site includes the option to sort by size, programs, location and other filters.

 It’s just one small part of a larger effort on behalf of the government to encourage and bolster the pursuit of STEM careers – a much-needed and sought-after skill set at companies these days.

 As for those who are searching for an IT, computer science, engineering, finance or accounting position – professional recruiters are ready and willing to help. TRC Professional Solutions is a professional staffing agency that specializes in technical opportunities for job candidates with those skill sets. Whether project-based or full-time, we have opportunities in every discipline waiting for the perfect candidate. Search the TRC Professional Solutions job boards for opportunities all over the country.

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Best STEM Jobs 2015

This list of the best STEM jobs is more than a list of occupations based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – it’s also a list of the jobs experiencing huge hiring demand and low unemployment rates – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Considering a career in a technical field? Take a look at these jobs.

Software Developer: Whether an application developer, or a systems-focused developer, the Labor Department predicts there will be nearly 140,000 new positions created before 2022.

Computer Systems Analyst: Goal-focused, process-oriented computer systems analysts make recommendations to organizations about the best operating systems for their company. They’re also expected to see 24.5 percent employment growth through 2022.

Information Security Analyst: These people keep company and government agency computer networks safe from online threats, as well as handle any security breaches that occur. With today’s headlines, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that information security analysts are in high demand. The profession is expected to grown at a rate of 36.5 through 2022.

Web Developer: Developers help create user-friendly websites that make for a smooth experience online, among many other things. Employment is predicted to grow by about 20% by 2022.

Accountant: Attention to detail, a love for math, and patience with clients are all crucial to this role. And it’s predicted to grow by more than 166,000 new accountant job openings by 2022.

Mechanical Engineer: In this role, you’ll see devices through from theoretical design to technical production, with a chance to use both your right and left brain. With a low unemployment rate of 2.7 percent and a comfortable median salary of 82,100, the outlook for mechanical engineers is promising.

Operations Research Analyst: This advisory position includes helping business operate more efficiently, budgeting, and providing statistical analysis. By 2022, employment growth of almost 27 percent is predicted to occur for operations research analyst jobs.

IT Manager: IT managers are the head of a company’s information technology department. They assist employees with every technical issue, and are a growing profession with 50,900 new jobs expected by 2022.

Civil Engineer: From building bridges to damming reservoirs, civil engineers’ role can literally be seen by looking around – making civil engineering jobs potentially very rewarding. 53,700 new positions are expected by 2022.

Cost estimator: Cost estimators work with other technical workers to calculate a project’s mechanical, technical and fiscal costs. The Labor Department predicts cost estimating jobs will grow by more than 26 percent by 2022.

Other jobs predicted to grow? Computer systems administrators, database administrators, construction managers, computer programmers, financial managers, computer support specialists, architects, and auto mechanics are all on the list.


Looking for a job in a technical field? We bet you’ll find some of the positions listed on our job boards. Search for jobs with TRC Professional Solutions now.

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The Present & Future of STEM Careers

STEM CareersOver the past few years, one of the largest growth areas of employment has remained in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). While the economy improves, technological advancements continue to create more opportunities in the workforce. There is still an overwhelming amount of opportunities that are in high demand of specialized talent and skill; but the real question is, are there enough candidates to fill these slots?

According to CNN, STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM related jobs. The reality is, STEM careers are the backbone and future of the U.S. economy, but sadly we do not have enough candidates to fill these open positions in today’s job market. In 2014, the Department of Education revealed that only 16% of high school seniors have an interest in pursuing STEM careers.

To put this in perspective, in 2012, there were more than 7.4 million workers in the fields of science and technology and there will be an estimate of 8.6 million STEM workers by 2018. The Obama administration alone is investing millions of dollars to produce one million STEM undergrads by 2022.

Which segment of STEM careers is the most popular amongst today’s emerging millennials? According to U.S. News, Mechanical Engineering takes the lead and “a little more than 20% of STEM students have an affinity for designing, developing, and testing various tools and devices.”

Zach Sines, Recruiting Team Lead at TRC Professional Solutions, provides his insight on the present and future of STEM careers. He advises, “Students should take a look at STEM-based degrees when choosing a major in college, and even look at getting additional exposure before that in high school. There are degrees that bridge the gap between IT, Engineering and Business, such as an Information Systems degree, which is typically a Bachelor of Business Administration. Additionally, candidates that can show exposure to Information Technology or Engineering related disciplines in business related roles are one step ahead in the hiring process. Recently, we have been seeing various business related positions becoming much more technologically focused.”

In March of 2015, Indeed conducted thorough research in order to determine where the most STEM opportunities are today. Some of the top locations with the largest segment for career growth included Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Boston. These are also the markets that TRC Professional Solutions is seeing growth in clients hiring needs for STEM related job opportunities.

Are you a candidate looking to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? Connect with us on Twitter at @TRC_Professional, we would love to hear how your job search is going!


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Cities With the Most STEM Openings

washington dcFor job seekers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), job opportunities abound.  But 10 cities, according to Forbes, offer an edge when it comes to job seekers searching for a plethora of job openings with $50K-and-up salaries.

Here they are – the top 10 cities with the most STEM job openings listed right now:

  1. Washington, D.C.: 45,289 positions
  2. San Jose, California: 39,233 positions
  3. San Francisco, California: 30,627 positions
  4. New York, New York: 28,039 positions
  5. Boston, Massachusetts: 17,568 positions
  6. Chicago, Illinois: 17,567 positions
  7. Los Angeles, California: 15,818 positions
  8. Seattle, Washington: 12,597 positions
  9. Dallas, Texas: 10,522 positions
  10. Houston, Texas: 10,278 positions

By the way. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs account for over 10% of jobs in the U.S., and their salaries are almost double the national average.


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